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Helpful Cat Hints

Some suggestions from Kitty Baby Gram (and her mom):

Collar safety...

Make sure your cat can slip their collar over his/her head in case the collar, or something attached to the collar, becomes caught. Kitty Baby got the metal loop (split ring) that attaches the id tag to her collar caught on a sheet, but Baby was able to free herself by slipping out of her collar and was fine. (If you need to keep your cat secure, for example when walking your kitty, use a harness instead of a collar on your cat.)

Sugar for your cat is a no-no...

"This is Kitty Baby Gram coming up with some health news for all you cool cats out there! Did you know that eating yummy human foods like donuts and cookies are BAD for you? Yes, I love them too, and Mom and Dad would love for me to have some, if I hadn't become ill! Unfortunately, the sugar upset my tummy, and I didn't know how to tell Mom except to use the hall for my litterbox! Were we all upset! It took awhile to get everything all straightened out.

"The way everything got straightened out was like this. Mom has a book by a veterinarian just for cats and she began giving me 1/3rd of a teaspoon of Cranberry (an herb) (just the powder -- the doctor says never the capsule), and tummy and I got all better! Of course, I'm 7 and 1/2 and us middle aged kitties have to take good care of our health. Mom gives me 1/3rd of a teaspoon of Cranberry powder mixed in with my wet cat food every other day (unless the powder gets hard and sticky due to the summer humidity -- Mom had to buy me some new Cranberry). And everything has been fine. Tummy felt so good that I ran up and down the stairs after my new kite toy. I get my cat treats and that's what tummy needs. I know I may try to be human but keep in mind my body is a cat's body, and I need CAT FOOD NOT HUMAN FOOD."

Kitty Baby's mom adds:

"Last year, when Kitty Baby began having these problems, it was once every 2 weeks outside her litterbox. She ate like a little piggy-wiggy, slept, and played normally and seemed fine. Just litterbox problems. My husband didn't think anything was wrong but I did, and with my veterinarian book and trial and error everything turned out well. She did meow while in the litterbox so I knew she had pain. It took awhile to figure all this out, but she's fine now. She was telling me she had a little problem, so I had to figure it out for the 3 of us."